year. hotels are still competing for customers, and adding extra perks during the stay, but gone, say experts, are the days of bargain rates. >> the deals are still out there, but travel experts say there's been a big shift on how to get them. the best advice now, don't wait until the last minute. >> right now you want to book as far in advance as possible, so what we're seeing is people are booking two to four months in advance on average. holiday travel, for example, people are booking now. >> reporter: new rules, emily is starting to realize, as they continues her search for the right hotel at the right price. michelle franzen, nbc news, morning. when we come back, they're making a difference for a lot of kids and making an unfinished dream come true. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] you've been years in the making. and there are many years ahead.